I?m glad for your friend that she has someone who wants to help her
with resolving any problems with her immigration status. As you
surmise, getting her situation reviewed and corrected is a complex
problem. I cannot give you legal advice but I can provide you some
background information on how to get started with getting your friend
the help she needs.
I suggest that you start with reviewing the information from the
appropriate government agencies. You will have to consult with your
friend to get detailed information about her personal situation.
It appears that she may need legal advice from an organization and/or
lawyer who is familiar with the legal landscape and will be able to
advise her on how to proceed. I?ve provided you some additional links
to help you find competent legal help.
Immigration reform is a moving target and is in the news daily. I
advise you to keep up to date about current developments by reading
the papers or online news postings.
I hope that everything will be resolved quickly and favorably for your friend.
~ czh ~
U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES
Immigration Services and Benefits
Welcome to the Immigration Services and Benefits Home Page. This page
provides information on the services provided by the USCIS to
applicants, petitioners, authorized representatives, community-based
organizations, and the general public.
Included among the immigration benefits the USCIS oversees are:
citizenship, asylum, lawful permanent residency, employment
authorization, refugee status, inter-country adoptions, replacement
immigration documents, family and employment related immigration, and
foreign student authorization.
In addition to administering the programs that provide these benefits,
we also work to answer questions and find solutions to problems
brought to our attention by the public, special interest groups, other
government agencies, and the U.S. Congress regarding immigration
For links to information on types and availability of immigrant and
nonimmigrant visas to the United States, please see our Immigration
Classifications and Visa Categories page.
Immigration Classifications and Visa Categories
Other Immigrant Channels
Green Cards (LPR)
This section of the USCIS Website provides you with information and
directions necessary to apply for lawful permanent residence (LPR), or
"green cards". You will have the opportunity to access information
regarding ways to get a "green card". A "green card" gives you
official immigration status (Lawful Permanent Residency) in the United
states. If you already are a permanent resident, you may want to read
Now That You Are A Permanent Resident.
Immigration Through a Family Member
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES (DMV)
California Department of Motor Vehicles
How to apply for a driver license if you are over 18
How to apply for or renew an identification (ID) card
Social security number (SSN) requirement
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
Social Security Numbers For Noncitizens
SSA Publication No. 05-10096, December 2005,
GETTING LEGAL ASSISTANCE
IMMIGRATION & GREEN CARDS
Immigration Lawyer Referral Service
The Immigration Legal Assistance Project
Sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association
Immigration Consultant Fraud
Immigrant Justice in the Consumer Marketplace
The Dream Act
Immigrant Student Adjustment / DREAM Act
Immigration to the United States
United States Permanent Resident Card
us immigration legal resident status
california legal help adjust immigrant status